With their second of two fifth-round picks (146th overall), the Detroit Lions added more beef to the offensive backfield with the selection of fullback Jerome Felton. New offensive coordinator Jim Colletto has always been a run-oriented coach, and it's likely that the team will rely upon a lead blocker to pave the way for tailbacks Tatum Bell and rookie Kevin Smith. With only Jon Bradley under contract, the need for a player like Felton was paramount.
A natural athlete, Felton was the second-rated fullback by former scout and Scout.com analyst Tom Marino, making this selection a true 'value' pick. While he certainly has the fortitude to go head-to-head with linebackers (he reminds many of a young Cory Schlesinger), Felton is also incredibly versatile, pairing good hands with his punishing, inside running style.
Below is Tom Marino's scouting report on Jerome Felton ...
2. Jerome Felton, FB, Furman
40: 4.79v Ht: 5115v Wt: 241v Rating: 1.461 f
Talented back. well built with good hands & inside running skills (more natural then expected). Will break secured tackles inside, has the feet to avoid & can move the pile. Not polished as a blocker, but is willing & gets after people. More then adequate on pass protection. Very functional within the passing game. Excellent on flat, screens a& arrow routes. More of a one-back then a pure FB .Has strong early second day draft potential. 67 career TD's! Round # 4.